Coal magnate Bob Murray pitched Energy Secretary Rick Perry on his plan to throw an economic lifeline to coal companies less than a month before Perry set in motion plans to aid the industry, according to newly disclosed photographs that show the two meeting.
The liberal magazine In These Times obtained pictures of Murray and Perry from a March 29 meeting at Energy Department headquarters, less than a month after Perry was sworn in. Several other officials were in attendance, including Andrew Wheeler, who at the time was a lobbyist for Murray and has since been nominated as EPA’s No. 2 official.
The meeting puts Murray and Perry together at a crucial moment in the timeline of the Trump administration’s push to save the struggling coal industry, an effort that would benefit Murray Energy in particular while hiking electricity prices for potentially millions of people. A month before the meeting, one of Murray’s biggest customers, FirstEnergy Corp., had told investors it was seriously considering sending its merchant division, FirstEnergy Solutions, into bankruptcy, a move which would likely void its supply contracts with Murray’s coal mines.
Three weeks after Murray’s visit, Perry would order a grid study that …read more
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